Cohen Bramall was among the 12 players to leave Arsenal in permanent transfers under Unai Emery during the summer of 2019 and is now set to join Rotherham United from Lincoln City for just £200k.
Emery sought to clear the deadwood from his ranks at the Emirates Stadium in what would prove to be his final window in charge. The Spaniard had run the rule over his squad during the 2018/19 term after succeeding Arsene Wenger at the helm, but would only stay in command until that November.
His sole full campaign in charge saw the north London natives reach the Europa League final. Arsenal also finished fifth in the Premier League, but would then suffer the club’s worst run of results since 1992 after going seven games without a win in all competitions to bring about the end of his tenure.
Rotherham set to sign Bramall three years after player left Arsenal under Emery
Bramall appeared to hit out at Emery after the Spaniard included the left-back among the players to leave Arsenal when his contract expired in 2019. The £400k signing from Hednesford Town told Goal that year how the now-Villarreal gaffer should have put more faith in youngsters like Eddie Nketiah.
“I feel sorry for Ed because Danny [Welbeck] was injured for a lot of the season, and Ed should have been given more chances,” Bramall said. Adding: “The boss should have given him more chances.
“The first-team were in a difficult position last year, though, obviously trying to get Champions League [qualification] and the fact it was Unai’s first season made it hard for youngsters to get in.”
Now, three years on from leaving Arsenal under Emery, Bramall is closing in on another spell in the Championship. Sky Sports report Rotherham are set to sign the defender from Lincoln City after the Millers triggered a £200k release clause on the back of sealing promotion as League One runners-up.
Bramall has previously played in the second-tier after joining Birmingham City on loan from Arsenal for the 2017/18 term. But the 26-year-old has only plied his trade in the lower leagues since Emery chopped him, with outings in League Two for Colchester United and League One with Lincoln City.
So, with Bramall now set to join Rotherham from Lincoln City three years after feeling the brunt of Emery’s axe, where are the other players to leave Arsenal permanently in the summer of 2019 now?
Ramsey now facing uncertain Juventus future after leaving Arsenal under Emery in 2019
Aaron Ramsey was also among the players to leave Arsenal during the summer of 2019 under Emery after sealing a free transfer to Juventus. The Welshman penned a £400k-a-week deal with the Serie A side that February ahead of his contract at the Emirates expiring after 11 years in north London.
But injuries have plagued the midfielder’s career in Turin, while an underwhelming loan transfer to Rangers last season has left his Bianconeri future in doubt. Gazzetta dello Sport report Juventus do not see him as part of their future and have long been in talks with his agent to find a way to part.
Cech retired after leaving Arsenal under Emery in 2019 before Chelsea return
Arsenal signed Petr Cech off Chelsea in 2015 for £10m and called on the Czech Republic goalkeeper up to his retirement in 2019. The long-time Premier League star would return to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019, as well, as their sporting director and he remains in the role with the Blues today.
Arsenal sealed first cash transfer for player leaving under Emery in 2019 with Ospina
Arsenal sealed the club’s first cash sale for a player leaving under Emery in the summer of 2019 with David Ospina joining Napoli for £3m. The goalkeeper had spent the previous term on loan at the Serie A side, but he did not play enough games to trigger a £4m obligation to buy in the temporary deal.
The Colombian is out of contract at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona this summer but could yet still pen fresh terms. Ospina has amassed 103 appearances for Napoli since moving to Italy and has kept 39 clean sheets, compared to his 27 shut outs over 70 games with Arsenal from 2014 to 2019.
Partizan Belgrade secured Asano transfer without forward making Arsenal debut
Partizan Belgrade agreed a £1m deal for Takuma Asano in August 2019, three years after the winger had joined Arsenal. The 27-year-old, who cost the Gunners £3m in 2016, never played a single game for the club, though, after going out on loan to Stuttgart from 2016 to 2018 and Hannover in ‘18/19.
Asano is now back in Germany after joining Bochum on a three-year contract last July, having left Partizan as a free agent. He offered the Belgrade outfit 30 goals and 15 assists over 77 games in all competitions, and hit home three while creating four over 31 games in his debut season at Bochum.
Bielik suffered relegation to League One with Derby after leaving Arsenal in 2019
Derby County paid Arsenal an upfront £7.5m, plus £2.5m in add-ons, to buy Krystian Bielik in August 2019. The midfielder had joined the Gunners from Legia Warsaw for £2m in 2015, but only managed to make two first-team appearances around loans to Birmingham City, Walsall and Charlton Athletic.
The 24-year-old has since made 49 appearances for the Rams, but suffered relegation to League One under Wayne Rooney last season. Bielik also started the 2021/22 campaign on the sidelines while he recovered from a second cruciate injury and unfortunately ended the term out with a groin issue.
Bordeaux signed former Arsenal captain Koscielny among players to leave in 2019
Bordeaux signed former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny for up to £4.5m among those to leave the Emirates under Emery in 2019. The centre-back spent nine years in north London for 353 games and won three FA Cups, before handing in a transfer request to return to France before retiring in 2022.
Koscielny called time on his career in March after two months out of the Bordeaux squad. He noted via a statement in Sud Ouest at the time: “He would have preferred to help the club on the ground.
“Aware that the club was in difficulty, he accepted the proposal made to occupy a new function and to release a salary proof of the concern he has for the best interests of the club.”
Nottingham Forest signed Jenkinson in 2019, now releasing former Arsenal defender
Nottingham Forest signed Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal in 2019 for £2m, but have now confirmed the right-back will leave the City Ground when his contract lapses on June 30. The 30-year-old had spent last season on loan in Australia at Melbourne City and also only made 15 outings since joining Forest.
Welbeck joined Watford after Arsenal release but now at Brighton
Welbeck bounced back from leaving Arsenal under Emery in 2019 by joining Watford as a free agent that August. He had not featured since the previous November after breaking his ankle in a Europa League tie with Sporting Lisbon, which ultimately marked the last of his 126 games for the Gunners.
The 31-year-old played for the Hornets for just one season before joining Brighton in October 2020, though, having mutually terminated his contract at Vicarage Road. Brighton offered Welbeck a one year contract they extended by 12-months in 2021, and have now confirmed talks over a new deal.
Arsenal landed one of club’s top-five fees for a sale when Iwobi joined Everton
Arsenal landed one of the club’s top-five record fees for a sale when Alex Iwobi joined Everton in August 2019. The Toffees paid out an initial £28m rising to £35m for the Nigerian under Marco Silva, and have since seen the 26-year-old offer just seven goals and seven assists over 97 games to date.
Lichtsteiner bounced back from Arsenal release under Emery by joining Augsburg in 2019
Stephan Lichtsteiner bounced back from being released by Arsenal in 2019 after just 23 games under Emery by joining Augsburg that summer. The Swiss would spend a year with the German side before retiring in 2020 as a 108-cap international who won Serie A seven times during his Juventus career.
Monreal made Spain return with Real Sociedad when leaving Arsenal under Emery
Nacho Monreal made a return to his native Spain with Real Sociedad for £250k in 2019 when leaving Arsenal under Emery. The San Sebastien outfit have confirmed the 36-year-old will leave the Anoeta on June 30 when his contract expires, though, after 69 games in all competitions for Los Txuri-Urdin.
The 22-cap left-back played 251 games for Arsenal during his six years in north London. Monreal also won three FA Cups and the Community Shield three times with the Gunners, and he added another piece of silverware to his trophy cabinet in 2020 after helping Real Sociedad win the Copa del Rey.